Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1987-03-31
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FM -> Cassette Master -> Dat
Dat -> Behringer UltraMatch SRC2000 -> CD (Tascam CDRW700) -> EAC -> SHN
All Transfers Done By Charlie Miller
SHN'd On 12/8/03
- 2004-07-07 10:52:33
- Philadelphia, PA
- Recording Info:FM -> Cassette Master -> DatTransfer Info:Dat -> Behringer UltraMatch SRC2000 -> CD (Tascam CDRW700) -> EAC -> SHNAll Transfers Done By Charlie Millercharliemiller87@earthlink.netSHN'd On 12/8/03
- The Spectrum
Subject: To the broken leg dude in section S
This is honestly one of my favorite memories of life not just at Dead shows so if you're out there "broken leg dude", thanks for the memory. Cheers! ::hits vape::
Subject: Best Jack Straw of 87-89
It was a close call between this show and 7/9/89 but this one nudged it out by a hair. This has to be the fastest tempo Straw I have ever hear and the solo leading up to the critical "Jack Straw from Wichita" section is a perfectly crafted masterpiece of incrementally building momentum. Perfectly timed feedback pause at 3:45 in the switch to overdrive has the crowd achieving lift-off. This version absolutely crushes. Love the transition into a super tight moving melodic Franklin's too.
I just wish I could find a better recording than what is on this site. Any help would be grateful.
Subject: My first show
Subject: 1987 Rebirth
Subject: First show
Subject: Thumbblue's got it right
That slide from Estimated > Terrapin is sublime. Jer's Stella Blue solo soars. This is one of my absolute favorite shows from '87. Certainly the source accounts for some of that bias, but I don't care. Magnificence.
Subject: twirl it is
Subject: Spectrum Rocks (Again)
While I still favor the '85 run at Philly - this show exudes tremendous energy and along with Roanaoke and Providence prove the Boys were back to the basics and in a big way.
The first set is like a horse out of the gate. Jack>Franklin's and others have been given deservedly high praise.
Second set - while Touch is not my favorite, this was just prior to the release of In the Dark, and still only 4 months after the bands return. Song had not become the VH1 "hit" that seemed to alter the scene and the shows after July.
Estimated>Terrapin - while not the best all time - is solid.
Post drumz could be one of the best since '85.
UJB is a wonderful suprise and MIRACLE has Bobby spittin'. Jerry is tentative as he approaches his vocals in Stella. I don't know if it was finding the right emotion - but by the bridge he is pouring his heart out.
Bob picks up the rock n' roll with Around>Lovelight.
And in a year saturated with BMR (and that song is a beautiful) we get one of the most heart-felt renditions of Brokedown.
I wonder if they did a Dick's/Dave's Pick-Vault release/Road Trip if they would put this one in the running?
God Bless and Enjoy!
Subject: Illy in Philly...
Subject: So Grateful this was my first show- Home town Philly- Spectrum we miss you.
I was hononed to be here, WMMR I grew up on, listened to shows every new-years eve, and any others simulcasts, - this show was EXPLOSIVE! from the first note.. - On - the bus?? I was on. and it was a great great great ride from here... Thanks boys, thanks archive, and thanks to all of US... deadheads, where ever you are, who ever you are, one-show? no shows? 400 shows? 1000 shows? - it dont matter, if you roll away the dew... much love...
Subject: OH MY GOD!!!!!
This version of jack straw is the most INTENSE version I have ever heard. The boys were just on this night. You can actually feel the energy just from listening to the show. It's almost like before they went on stage all the pieces were in order and they just fit how they were supposed to. Up until hearing this show jack straw was never one of my favorite songs, but that all changed after hearing this....then going into franklins....oh my god the journey is just beginning. If you are a long time deadhead you will love this show....if you are new to the dead you will love this show....it is that intense.
My first show was in worcester ma on 4/3/87 which I'm sure you can tell is just a few days after this one. I listen to this show and just think to myself, my god what I would have done to have been there (although I was lucky enough to be at the "darkstar" show when they brought it back in 89).
Why are you still reading this?? ....you should be getting your own copy of this show by now....:)
Subject: Wake up to Spring '87
You must listen to this tour -- so much of that Dead joy in the playing and audience responses. This is the Dead -- crisp, clear, and on fire (try just about any song here -- but boy Jack Straw, Candyman in set one, the whole of set 2). There is something right on target about the Dead in this show (try Hartford, Worcester and others on this tour too).
Subject: The 3-3187 of 3-31-87
Listening to the Jack Straw/Franklin's tower open about 2,000 times helps too. But the whole show is as hot as the open. They are just on fire out the gate and they never let up. The mix is incredibly good, although there is a low hiss, maybe that was god listening in, sometimes he thinks he is Jerry Garcia.
You can't just jump into 1968 Dead and hear it fully. It takes time I believe. This show is a great bridge. Everything you are about to hear is what occurs at ten times speed with ten times more frequency in 1968. This show is the vehicle with which you can open up your receptors to 68 Dead, Jerry on the Les Paul, Billy and Micky chasing...ok back to 3-31-87
Here is my review:
The MMR guy saying, "here we go" on the first few notes of Jack Straw with the respect, seriousness and levity that the masterpiece which is about to unfold commands.
A just perfect Jack Straw, it just builds and builds to such a tight but incredibly powerful finish. "Wow, that was hot, wait a second, is that...." - love the crowd reaction, they stay blistering hot into Franklin's, the crowd is a little stunned at how hot they are, maybe the band too, but on Jerry's third solo you just know this night is going to be special. Jerry is just on Fire, persistently. The boys is in complete control. Buckle up. This is gonna be fun...
Slow it down with the CC, stretch out some blues, we need a little break, into a sweet Ramble on Rose. Tons of steel, Phil Chimes in towards the end, nice save. Then it's time to play with an incredibly tight Mama Tried->Big River.
Can they hit a wrong note? Have they stalled once yet? No, they have not. Perfect game through 7. This is getting serious...
Then just a great song choice with Candy Man, oh boy, this was sweet. The Candy man definitely is in town, at the Spectrum on 3/31/87. Then a chance for a let down when Bobby has his turn, but the Desolation Row is just unbelievable. Dylan wrote the song, the Grateful Dead perfected it with this version. Brent and Jerry's subtle background color is so poignant, it connects the lyrics to the emotion through sound on such an impossibly linear path. This is what emotion sounds like. Then after Jerry's second long solo (another gem) there is a few second pause around 6:30 as they kind of miss the downbeat, but everyone just relaxes, and trusts, and there is just 10 seconds of magic, as they create a bridge 1,000 times more beautiful that what they might have intended in the first place. This is the magic of Grateful Dead, these moments of pure levitation, when the music plays the band, this is what other bands can't even approach, these 10 seconds. Then Jerry chiming in, "where lovely mermaids flow". Then a text book Don't ease, routine, quick tight finish. We'll be back in a little bit...
Maybe a little disappointment with the Touch of Grey, but even in a perfect game you throw a few balls. The band is just so tight, anything is OK, and for what it's worth, this is the best live version ever in my opinion. Great Estimated, brilliant tight jam, then the Terrapin D/S UJB, top notch, top notch. Hot Miracle, and then the most beautiful Stella Blue, Jerry's solos, especially the last one, are spiritual experiences for me. Things I can come back to now and again, to remind me of what is possible in this world. What I used to dream about. Humans can do incredible hings, make incredible sounds, when you witness miracles like this jam, it brings you just a little closer to your dreams... Hot round and round and then a crisp playful Lovelight, Jerry's color is just epic, best since 1970 in my opinion. He is just dancing around the universe, he covers it all with the primary Lovelight jam, some great interplay from Bobby too. The whole suite after drums is epic in my opinion, every transition is brilliant...
Fare you well, fare you well, I love you more than words can tell, gonna listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul...
Subject: Will Never Forget It
Subject: Good Show
Well worth the download....
Subject: hot stuff
Subject: Another very fine night, 3 1/2...to end this Spring '87 run @ the Spectrum
1st Set: I can smell a 'strange' smell from here... Nope, all a tease. Instead a little "Jack," if you please. Not the smoothest build ever, but certainly train-powered. Easy segue to "Franklin's" Feels breezily right (where's the intro solo Jerry?!) A too short version tho quite potent. "CC" continues the sway, butt bumpin'. I dig these radio promos. It feels all appropriate. "Ramble" is enthusiastically sung and his leadership makes it a worthwhile version. "Tons" is endearingly nostalgic. "Mama"'s brisk, sung with contours by Bobby & Jerry...Gosh, "River"'s intro always makes me cut loose. Standard otherwise. "Candyman" is quite powerful tonight as Jerry really throws his emotional weight behind singing those reluctant verses. It just amazes me how I've never heard Bobby flub any line from "Desolation Row." This version isn't 10-16-89, (what is?) but it fits the bill nicely. "Ease" is just that, a triumphant end to the best 1st set of the 3 night stand.
2nd Set: Hey, we get the radio announcers telling us it's "Touch" time. Standard. "Estimated" slinks its way in, it's a patient pleasant version but does not reach the heights of a lovely "Terrapin" which both cleanses and reinvigorates my soul. "Drums" are lively and active but "Space" is too passive to quench my thrist. "UJB" emerges gently and is quite decent, especially the bridge leading to the final clap-along, (til they slow up to sing...awkward transition) "Miracle" is decent and despite the garbage raucousness of that ditty, they convincingly move to a very pretty solitary "Stella." "Around" serves it purpose, which is to arrive at a juke-joint "Lovelight." Hands holding hands, arms attached to arms...we all sing "Brokedown" together.
Subject: Hi-Fi VHS version now available
Subject: 1st show
Subject: Jack Straw
review based on this one song
Subject: FM version
Subject: good sound quality...vocal sounds just a tad off
Subject: Played for the Radio
Subject: WMMR FM Broadcast
It was my 1st experience going solo to a Grateful Dead show. I get to my seat on the floor to see these 'ultra conservative' chinese guys who seemed to be the 80's version of techno-geeks - then the lights went out and the geeks became Heads....
This was the last night of a 3 night run for me so the Brokedown closer moved me forever....
I can still remember the Spectrum as being a special place for the Boys!
Subject: Smokin opener, hot 1st set
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